It is an honor that Chris Hemsworth, David Beckham, Idris Elba, Adam Levine or John Legend had. Ryan Gosling, he has always refused. To be crowned “the sexiest man alive” by the prestigious People Magazine. The actor has several times declined, even demanding on occasion to give way to his friend Bradley Cooper. To believe that he fears to be recognized only for this BG physique to which some reduce him… It is indeed to deny an astonishing contrast: under his somewhat bland blond exterior, he has always been quite a bad boy! A reaction to the rules imposed in his childhood? Maybe. On November 12, 1980, Ryan was born into a Mormon family in Ontario, Canada. His mother, Donna, is a secretary; his father, Thomas, is a paper salesman. Above all, he is extremely devoted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The son, he is not convinced. “I never really identified with any of this, will he explain years later to the site Belief Net. Afterwards, it’s true that going to church, having to speak or sing in public, allowed me to be more sociable.” Still, at school, the relationship with others is complicated. His many fights with comrades earned him the nickname “Problem”. At first grade, he was even expelled for a few days for having brought knives in his school bag, inspired by the fi lm Rambo ! A violence which, according to him, comes from his attention disorders. “When you can’t read when everyone else can, it’s frustrating. I didn’t take anything in, so I was causing trouble.” he admits toEntertainment Weekly. At 13, when his parents divorced, his mother finally cut him short, homeschooling him.
His nickname at school? “Issue”
“She and my sister raised me”, remembers Ryan in The Independent. His sis, Mandi, even becomes his “best friend and heroine”, of his words. They also form a duo, which sings in marriages, children. Soon, however, the teenager will make other colleagues, by winning a place in the mythical Mickey Mouse Club… Their names are Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell and Justin Timberlake! The latter will also become his roommate: the filming being in Orlando, far from the Canada of the Goslings, Ryan moved in with Justin, with whom he did the 400 shots, for example stealing a golf cart from Disney World. “We were probably closer than the other kids because we shared our toilets”, comment Justin at the microphone of Ellen DeGeneres. The adventure only lasted two years, until 1995, but it sealed a vocation in Ryan. No question of returning to this school system he hates: at 16, he decides to leave high school to launch his career in LA He first plays small roles in series, before playing one of the main characters of the soap opera Cruise Class, then Hercules against Ares.
A few film appearances followed, in Killer calculations notably. The film especially allows him to wrap Sandra Bullock, who will become his companion. Too bad for the sixteen years that separate them! The story ends after a year… Just in time for Ryan to fall in love with the beautiful Rachel McAdams after filming Never forget, on which they strangely could not frame themselves. When it was released in 2004, the actor established himself as one of the rising stars of the 7th art. The director, Nick Cassavetes, however, had to fight to impose it on the production, which found it too smooth. This prejudice will pursue him in his beginnings, causing him to miss a job in Gilmore Girls because “really blond”, then in Batman, for which we will prefer Ben Affleck. A little unfair, when you know how much he is involved in his job. His Canadian accent? He erased it by watching hundreds of hours of Marlon Brando videos. Likewise, he gives his all to prepare for each role… For Crazy, Stupid, Love, he takes lessons with a bartender. On Drive, he learns automobile construction. Before La La Land, he trains for weeks with a dancer from the dals American and a renowned pianist.
As for first-man, in 2018, in which he plays Neil Armstrong, this encourages him to try airplane piloting. Welcome to Ryan Air! He also gets a concussion while locking himself in a flight simulator intended for astronauts… A few years earlier, he had almost killed himself on the set of Blue Valentine, climbing a fence. Something to worry about Eva Mendes, with whom he has been cooing since September 2011 and their meeting on the film The Place Beyond the Pines. The brunette has no desire to see the father of her little Esmeralda and Amada come back crippled from a shoot! But Mister Gosling is like that. The kind to intervene in a street fight, for real, during a fight that then buzzed on social networks. No, the one who has just turned into Ken for the Barbie by Greta Gerwig is not just a plastic beauty… Even if, for many, he would make a fabulous doll to undress.
Ryan Gosling: Ken of the Grail
Juicy business Eva Mendes says it herself: “Ryan is an amazing chef!” In 2004, he co-founded the Moroccan restaurant Tagine, in Beverly Hills. A very popular establishment, in which he sometimes does the washing up! But the actor likes to diversify, he who is also a producer and who has become the face of prestigious brands, such as the watchmaker TAG Heuer. The money is chic !
The women in his life
Best way to date Ryan? It’s still to work with him. The actor is indeed subscribed to stories at work. Starting with Sandra Bullock, met in 2002 on the set of Murderous calculations. The love story will last a year. Then it will be Rachel McAdams, his partner of Never forget, from 2005 to 2007… The time to chain romances with Blake Lively and Olivia Wilde, in 2010 and 2011, and he melts for Eva Mendes, on the film The Place Beyond the Pines. Ah, love at the office…
A big involvement
For his roles, the actor sends heavy. The proof in 2007, after being cast for the film Lovely Bones. The director, Peter Jackson, having told him that he should gain a little weight, he grew by twenty-seven kilos, suddenly pots of melted ice cream! Except that seeing him arrive, the filmmaker was horrified by this metamorphosis and finally preferred Mark Wahlberg. It is sometimes useless to work twice as hard.
He taught Britney everything!
By meeting Ryan at the Mickey Mouse Club in 1993, Brit-Brit found a friend, but also a sex education teacher… “I used to tell him salacious things, admits the actor. Teaching Britney Spears about sex is an accomplishment! I feel responsible for its development. When I see her with a snake around her neck, I wonder if it’s my fault!” In any case, the two could have met again ten years later, the pop star having passed the casting for the main role of Never forget, eventually landed by Rachel McAdams. Damage ! It was an opportunity to resume their very private lessons.
His performance in La La Land ? It doesn’t come from nowhere. As a child, Ryan took ballet lessons. “But I found it too feminine”, he admits. However, he continued to train as an adult, in a studio where all the students hallucinated to see him arrive. Dance with the star…
1993: MICKEY MOUSE CLUB First of a cast that brings together 17,000 American children, Ryan lands a coveted job in the Disney kingdom.
2002: DEADLY CALCULATIONS He plays a rich kid in this thriller which allows him to meet his future girlfriend: Sandra Bullock.
2004 : NEVER FORGET Change of register with this rose-water film with Rachel McAdams. The young couple packs the criticism!
2011: CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE With this multiple love story, the actor realizes one of his dreams: to play with his idol, Steve Carell.
2011: DRIVE Mister Gosling bursts the screen by embodying a stuntman and mechanic as quiet as mysterious…
2013: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES This drama, in which he still plays a stuntman, offers him the meeting of his life: that of Eva Mendes, the mother of his two daughters.
2016: LA LA LAND In this musical film by Damien Chazelle, he shows his talent as a dancer and wins a Golden Globe.
2017: BLADE RUNNER 2049 Immersion in science fiction for this sequel to Ridley Scott’s mythical film. The reception is quite good.
JULY 19, 2023: BARBIE In the announced success of the film by the very trendy Greta Gerwig, Ryan is the Ken of a Barbie played by Margot Robbie. We love !
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